Chinese investors looking to a future as Australian citizens are pitching in with support and donations to assist bushfire recovery efforts.
Executive Chairman of Atlas Advisors Australia Guy Hedley said people in the Chinese investment community were deeply saddened by the loss of loved ones, homes, animals and the environmental havoc caused by bushfires that continue to rage across parts of the country.
“Many investors have been waiting lengthy periods for outcomes via the Significant Investor Visa program and want to demonstrate their love and commitment for Australia and its people,” Mr Hedley said.
Atlas has made an initial donation of $30,000 on behalf of its first group of Chinese donors to the WWF-Australia’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund and to Mogo Wildlife Park Foundation.
More than 10 million hectares of land has been burned in Australia and more than one billion animals have perished including about one third of the already threatened iconic koala population in NSW along with kangaroos, wallabies, birds and other iconic wildlife.
“Chinese people have a deep respect and fondness for Australia’s unique wildlife and environment and are keen to help conservation efforts,” Mr Hedley said.
“They are proud to assist in the wildlife response, habitat restoration and the protection of Australia’s natural resources against the damaging effects of climate change.”
Further proceeds from Atlas Advisors Australia New Year celebrations will go to Mogo Wildlife Park Foundation which is a charity established to build a new wildlife rescue hospital to provide care for injured, sick and displaced wildlife and to assist the reforestation of fire damaged areas.
The new animal hospital will supportthe welfare and rehabilitation of animals including those affected at Mogo Wildlife Park, a zoo on the south coast of New South Wales with an amazing collection of endangered and exotic animal species that were put at peril by the bushfires.
“The funds also importantly go towards restoring lost forests and damaged wildlife habitats,” Mr Hedley said.
“Mogo Wildlife Park is playing a vital role in caring for animals harmed by the bushfires, restoring native habitats and preserving our precious biodiversity.
“Together we are helping to protect our native animals and conserve our environment for the future.”